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Racing ahead for Te Puke teen After parking up during winter to focus on university studies, Te Puke teen racing talent Michael Scott is hoping to be back in the driving seat soon to chase his dream of a motorsport career. “It’s been a change not to be in the car so much,” says the 19-year-old, who would love to follow in the tracks of Te Puke racing legend Denny Hulme. After a fair performance in the last Toyota Race Series, he’s aiming to be back racing in the country’s top single seat formula series at Invercargill’s opening round on January 9, but it all comes down to sponsorship. “It’s one of the most expensive series with leasing the car, the engine, tyres, travel, and having a crew with an engineer – it all adds up,” says Michael, who is looking for business support with the help of Te Puke Economic Development Group manager Mark Boyle. With his first year engineering studies finished, Michael was quick to get back behind the wheel at Ruapana track – where he finished second in a mixed class event last month – as well as getting back on Te Puke’s karting track where he cut his teeth racing. By this time last year Michael had competed in the National Formula Ford Series, the National Formula First Series and the Australian Formula Ford State Series. It was a big year, making some big steps he plans to build on this year, with Michael coming second in the national Formula Ford championship where he was named rookie of the year. The Australian series that followed was a big learning experience, with Michael saying it was a step up in professionalism, with larger teams, detailed data analysis and working with an engineer to ensure top performance. “It was a little bit challenging. It’s no longer just you and your dad; you’re now part of a team. It was hugely beneficial.” From Formula Ford he stepped up to the Toyota Series in January, competing in what is one of the toughest fields it has seen. “It was quite a challenging series. At the beginning I was quite off the pace, but as it went on I got closer and closer,” says Michael, who describes highlights as

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Te Puke’s rising motorsport driver Michael Scott (seated) with Brendon Hartley during the Toyota Racing Series in January. making top 10 in Taupo’s feature race and competing in the New Zealand grand prix for the first time. “We always knew the Toyota Racing Series was going to be a two-year programme and accepted that our first year was going to be all about learning. This year, we’re coming back to prove what we’ve learned and try to start challenging for the front and being very competitive.” The five round Toyota series – which winds up with the New Zealand Grand Prix at Palmerston North’s Manfeild in early February – is dominated by international drivers but Michael has his eyes firmly set on being the top of the four Kiwis expected to compete. Growing up on farm bikes, Michael already had a taste for speed when began karting at 11, quickly pushing himself to compete at the top national level. Looking back, Michael says karting gave him great foundation skills, which he has built on as he’s progressed up the ladder – but he still enjoys a good kart race at Fagan’s Valley Raceway. While his focus is the Toyota series right now he aspires to make the V8 supercars or another top class. Like Denny Hulme, one of Michael’s icons, he is determined to make it to the top of motorsport. For sponsorship details contact Michael on 07 533 3678 or email: nscott@wave.co.nz Or call Mark Boyle on 07 573 6772 or email: markrboyle@me.com By Hamish Carter

December 14: Speedway modified champs: Baypark A full programme of racing at Baypark offers something for everyone, with highlights including the modified championships and a visit by Santa for the annual Christmas event. Sprint, super saloons, saloons, stock and mini stock cars will also compete with racing from 6.30pm. December 27: Super saloons and sprint champs: Baypark Excitement continues at Baypark with the national super saloon grand prix champs with top local drivers going up against the best 800 hp flamebelching monsters from around the country. The meeting will also host the region’s best sprint cars for the Bay champs. December 28/29: Summercross action: Awakaponga Motocross fans will converge on Matata for the annual summer marathon event with racing during two days. Details: www.bopmcc.co.nz

Beyond the Bay Dec 6: Honda event in Taupo The New Zealand Honda Club’s Mega meet offers all Honda owners a chance to put their car through its paces on the Taupo track. Details: www. NZHondas.com Dec 6: Night speed drag wars at Meremere In the third of the four-round night drag series, street legal cars and bikes will do battle with racing from 6.30pm. www.framautolitedragway.co.nz December 7: Suzuki Series at Hampton Downs The action-packed Suzuki bike road racing series kicks off at Hampton Downs, before continuing at Manfeild on December 15; then concluding with the traditional Cemetery Circuit race on the streets of Wanganui on Boxing Day. Details: www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz December 14: D1NZ Whangarei drifting The county’s top drifters go head to head in the second round of the season in Whangarei on December 14-15. Details: www.d1nz.co.nz December 27-29, January 1-2: Taupo drag action The NZDRA summer racing series hits Taupo with Nitro Nirvana Drag Racing on December 27-29; then a drag family fun day and summer nationals on January 1-2.


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Function, utility and value The Bay Driver review tag team of Sun Media photographer Bruce and Sideline Sid hit the road again, when they took a Great Wall V240 4x2 (petrol) wellside ute for a road test and photo shoot. Given a mission of getting photographs in a rural setting with a local backdrop, the intrepid team (eventually), ended up on Farmer Morton’s property on Morton Rd on the outskirts of Katikati. While initially taken back by journeying out of the confines of the big city, the rural outing killed two birds with one stone, giving the reviewers a chance to test drive on the open road and then take photographs in a tranquil rural setting. After picking up the test drive utility vehicle from Ingham Sears, Bruce says: “I saw what looked to be a good working utility vehicle that screamed value for money at around $20,000”. Meanwhile, Sideline Sid was taken by the clean lines of the ute that had a strong Chinese pedigree. In keeping with the Great Wall V240’s outstanding success as an all-round workhorse, the extremely competitively priced two-seat ute comes in three workman-like shades of black, white and silver. Sitting in the hot seat behind the steering wheel, Bruce was impressed with the big side mirrors which gave very good all-round vision. “My first impressions, getting behind the steering wheel, were of a comfortable firm seat with an easy-toread instrument panel firmly in my sights. “The controls were well laid out with a handy storage box separating the two seats.” Sideline Sid was more interested in the

functionality of the interior. Durable cloth trim seats with safety, provided by dual front air bags, caught Sid’s eye. In keeping with the functional format of the versatile workhorse, the bells and whistles were restricted to a CD/Radio/MP3 player with power windows and an impressive air conditioning unit. The only fly in the ointment was the restricted head room space in the cab. The clean lines of the exterior were highlighted by a number of special features. Large fog lights, power windows and 16 inch alloy wheels gave the Great Wall Single Cab a tiny hint of class, with fumbling for car keys firmly in the past thanks to keyless entry. Out on the open road on our jaunt in the countryside, Bruce was impressed with the power steering that provided a light touch. “The nice light clutch makes changing the manual gears a breeze, with pickup on the road more than adequate”. However, it is the all-round potential as a farm runabout or tradesman’s vehicle that held the real appeal for the pair of reviewers. The Great Wall V240 wellside model has carrying space in spades. With a payload of up to 1183 kg, the ability to carry large loads stands out. The large wellside deck space is complemented by a big back step and an easy locking rear tailgate. Throw on an optional extra fibreglass canopy and you have a secure unit that can hold all manner of goods for transportation. Two standout features make the Great Wall vehicles stand alone from the competition. Starting from about $20,000, the Great Wall V Series Single Cab utes are outstanding value for money, with an extra bonus of a three-year/100,000 km warranty plus three years of Roadside Assist.

The second standout is the myriad of Great Wall V240 versions that can provide a vehicle for any need or situation. The V Series Single Cab utes are available in both petrol or diesel options, with the petrol models available in a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drive. A second range is the V Series Dual Cab, again available in both petrol and diesel and 4WD or 2WD. The last word is left to one of the Ingham Sears sales team, who says: “The great ute of China is fast becoming the great ute of New Zealand”. By Barry Leabourn and Bruce Barnard

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Jet racing sky high A Te Puke aviation enthusiast is on cloud nine after soaring the Tauranga skies at more than 600 km/h in an ex-military fighter jet. Stuart Law rode shotgun in XX Aviation’s Aero L29 Delfin fighter jet last week as it thundered above Tauranga – in a once in a lifetime opportunity. “I was over the moon because my granddad was in the aviation sector in World War II in the Pacific as an engineer – and I like flying when I can. “I love planes, I love cars and I love flying. It is definitely a dream come true.” The flight was made possible after Stuart won a Farmer Autovillage promotion introducing their new Fiat and Alfa Romeo range. Anyone who purchased a Fiat or Alfa Romeo before October went into the draw for the octane-fuelled experience. But never in his wildest dreams did Stuart imagine he’d be firmly strapped into

the cockpit of the Czechoslovakian-made L-29 Delfin jet. The L-29 Delfin was made by Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody in 1973 and can reach a top speed of 820 km/h – or three-quarters of the speed of sound. Taking off from Tauranga Airport, the plane headed across the city before heading out to sea for high altitude aerobatic manoeuvres, such as barrel rolls and loops in a whirlwind 20 minutes. XX Aviation pilot and owner Peter Meadows says it is great to be able to offer Stuart the flight, as New Zealand’s first certificated adventure aviation business. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to do this,” says Peter. The pilot of 30 years, along with business partners Matt McLaughlin and Warren Banks, purchased the Czech fighter jet early this year. It is one of only three fighter jets operating adventure flights in New Zealand. By Luke Balvert

Fighter jet winner Stuart Law and Farmer Autovillage group general manager Warren Carter ahead of the flight. Photo Bruce Barnard

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